The Chicago Blackhawks are not messing around today - and they are seeking quite a big bundle in return for forward Ryan Hartman. The team is reportedly asking for a first-round pick plus something else, a source told The Athletic's Scott Powers.
Hartman is in his second full season with the Blackhawks, and in the 57 games this year, he has tallied eight goals and 25 points, including a five-point game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first game of the season.
He's six points back of his career high of 31 set last season over 76 games.
It remains to be seen if the Hawks will find a taken for Hartman before 3pmET today.
This past days’ trade resume
Trades started pouring earlier this week when the New York Rangers pulled two of their star players, Michael Grabner and Rick Nash, from the lineup Tuesday before the game against the Montreal Canadiens. Hours later, Grabner was traded to the New Jersey Devils for a second round pick as well as Devils' prospect Yegor Rykov.
Then on Friday, the Ottawa Senators managed to trade centre Derick Brassard in a complex three-team trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins, getting the Vegas Golden Knights involved.
Saturday was less agitated on the trade market as teams seemed to be getting ready for a busy Sunday, and it was.
The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired center Mark Letestu in a three team trade with the Edmonton Oilers and Nashville Predators. He was traded by the Oilers to the Predators for forward Pontus Aberg. Predators general manger David Poile then flipped Letestu to the Blue Jackets in exchange for a 4th round pick.
Then the Montreal Canadiens traded forward Tomas Plekanec to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a package of picks and prospects, retaining 50% of Plekanec's salary in the trade:
We cannot forget how the Boston Bruins made a splash on the trade market, acquiring star forward Rick Nash from the New York Rangers. The Rangers acquire Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, prospect Ryan Lindgren a 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick in exchange for Nash.
The day closed off with the Predators again, who acquired forward Brandon Bollig and goaltender Troy Grosenick from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the upcoming 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
There was also 12 names, including the ones of Sens’ Johnny Oduya and Alex Burrows who landed on the waiver wire.